The Press Room Re-Launches as Chicago’s Ultimate Speakeasy, Dead Plants (UPDATED)

The Press Room is a small restaurant with a big heart in Chicago’s West Loop, serving sophisticated but familiar food, friendly wines and classic cocktails. The Press Room runs on attentive service and friendly vibes. It’s on the lower level of a century-old building, originally the Free Methodist Publishing House. It continues to find ways to surprise and delight guests with special experiences amidst the pandemic’s restrictions, most recently with Dead Plants — a 1920s speakeasy brought to life. 

Dead Plants at The Press Room in Chicago brings the speakeasy experience from the 1920s into this century by launching a live music series on the second Saturday of each month. Priced at $45 per person, each ticket will include a 90-minute show and one cocktail. Doors to The Press Room open at 8:30pm and the show will start at 9pm. Only 26 tickets will be available per show, guaranteeing an intimate live-entertainment event.

Starting on the second Saturday of each month, you can experience the ultimate speakeasy feel and musical acts when you travel to Dead Plants at The Press Room in Chicago. The first musical guest will be Brandon Markell Holmes on March 13th, who will be performing a tribute show to Luther Vandross. You can expect to hear songs by Luther Vandross, Smokey Robinson Algreen and many more. 

On April 10th, you can enjoy Jazz and pop classics at The Press Room in Chicago from Sam Fazio. Sam has established a name for himself in the music scene over the past several years and has entertained audiences at some of the most prestigious venues in the country, including Green Mill, Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club, City Winery, Untitled, and more.

You are more than welcome to enjoy a full evening of revelry at Dead Plants – when making a reservation for dinner, a request to purchase tickets to the event can be made, allowing you to experience dinner and a show at The Press Room.


Additionally, the team behind The Press Room is behind another new Chicago hot-spot, Dough Daddy’s. Dough Daddy’s, a new virtual restaurant based out of Chicago’s West Loop, opened on Thursday, January 21. Available exclusively for takeout and delivery through GrubHub, this pop-up offers Chicago a chance to experience Detroit-style pizzas created with a special sourdough starter, that has been with Chef Noah Zamler for five years.


To celebrate the relaunch of The Press Room as a speakeasy, the team is partnering with Argonaut Catering Company, a high end seafood company, on May 14th and 15th for a special dinner series. Tickets will cost $80.00 a person and can be purchased by texting 872-240-2317. Live music from Shawn Maxwell Duo will be performed on both nights from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. To play into the 1920s, guests are encouraged to dress their best. Those who dress the part will be entered into a raffle to win a bottle of champagne.

To keep the speakeasy vibe, The Press Room will continue to offer the previous menu. Instead of texting a phone number for admission, guests will be able to book their reservation experience on Tock. The cell phone number guests originally texted will still be used for music, drag shows, and cigar events. The Press Room will also be launching the patio service, weather permitting. Service will be offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm. On the weekends, service will be available on Friday and Saturday from 4:00 pm to 12:00 am.

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